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9. Do It Yourself > 83. Build a Lens Hood for Your RPTV

Build a Lens Hood for Your RPTV

In the unending quest to remove any interior light from your RPTV, a lens hood can provide a fairly easy approach to getting the best picture possible from those CRTs.

One the easiest ways to have inferior picture on a rear-projection television is simply to take it out of the box and turn it on. These televisions—even when bought from high-end boutique stores [Hack #4] —are set up at the factory (and the showroom) to appear bright and showy [Hack #9]. That’s not the key to a great viewing experience in your home theater, though.

In Chapter 8, you learned about getting rid of lens flare [Hack #71] . That’s important, but involves a lot of work, including some pretty intense work on the CRTs and glass lenses, which is dangerous if you’re unsure of yourself. For those of you a little intimidated—or just more enamored with wood, nails, and the DIY approach—there’s an easy way to get 80% of the lens flare in your TV eliminated, with a lot less work.


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